Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena is attracting attention from other clubs despite checking into rehab over alcohol issues, according to his agent.

His agent, Salvador Necochea, said that Pena would be in rehab for at least 30 days but that he would negotiate with Rangers over the final years of his contract.

“We are proud Carlos has taken this decision,” Necochea said in the Daily Record.

“We are at the stage that this is the most important game of Carlos’ career.

“He’s been in for ten days so far and we expect him to be in for a minimum of a month. He knows some of his actions have been unfortunate. He is aware of that.

“Already some teams have expressed an interest in him because that they know Carlos is trying to resume his life and career.

“We will communicate with Rangers to see if we can resolve the matter of the remainder of his contract.”

Football Insider verdict:

Pena followed former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha to Cruz Azul after a less-than-impressive first half of the season at Ibrox. However, things got even worse for him over there, culminating in getting sacked by Cruz Azul and entering rehab. It appears that both player and agent have acknowledged that his career at Rangers is over as they look for other options, and are looking for a way out of his contract. That might not be as easy as all that though. Rangers only signed him last summer and paid £2.7million for him from Guadalajara. They might have a lot of sympathy for a player who is obviously struggling, but they must look for a fee from another club, no-matter how small. However, they’ll also want his wages off the books, so it will be a case of weighting up any interest – his agent has said there is some – and how much they’re willing to pay. If the answer is not much, and Pena is an obvious risk, they might be better off cutting their losses and ripping up his contract. 

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